(Closed) Why African-American?

posted 7 years ago in African-American
Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@Love-Bug1993:  Yes! This was my guess. I’m not black, but I figured that board is mostly for your specific hair needs and possibly makeup. 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I hate the term PC, it doesnt even make any sence!!! We are going to PC our way out of existence 

and the only people who are African American are those who are from Africa and now have American citizenship…..

I had somebody ask me once what I was, I responded “American” and they were like, uh?… and I was like I was born in America, that makes me American, I am not European American, I am not Irish American or Irish, German…. American, I am from America I am American.  You are from America you are American, “you may have family from x part of the world but you are American!

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@Future Mrs K:  Exactly! thank you!!!!

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

@nineteen87:  

“I have always wondered why there is an African-American subgroup on here” My response is basic…why wouldn’t there be a subgroup for this culture or an Asian culture or Latino culture as well? 

I am a black woman from America or if you want to be “PC” you can say an African American. It doesn’t bother me which one I am referred to. I think in general it’s understood that those who are black and born in America had forefathers from some part of Africa.

I was actually excited to see this board when I joined. It meant that some of the wedding traditions that I am used to seeing within my family and would get discussed. And yes some of our traditions are different than say White Americans. Its not just makeup and hair! It could be musical preference and ceremony differences as well. I am unsure through your conversation if its just this board that is offensive or just the title, but maybe you could ask the creator or maintainers to add other culture boards by going under the ideas forum. I personally would hate to see this board disappear. Athough I post and reply to mutiple boards other than this one, I do refer back to this subgroup. I think adding more culture boards would solve this problem of people being confused…even if the boards were empty.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@slc201329:  I think you almost made the point the OP was making. You are black and American and therefore the term African American works for you. Howewer there are many Black women on the bee who are not American who are from Africa or the Caribbean or Latin America or Europe. Culturally speaking the experiences of these Black women is going to be different. To be fair, the same can be said about the Latino subgroup, there are 3 asians subgroups on here but I see the point the OP is making. 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m from Antigua (Caribbean) and I myself used to ponder about the race “African-American” but I guess it’s to avoid being call “black”. I agree that my ancestors are from Africa but they are not all from Africa. My father is Dominican and has a Carib (Amerindians) heritage. As a matter of fact, there is still a Carib reserve there. Back in the days the African slaves would have sex with the slave owners (Portugese, British, Spanish) and it would dilute the direct African blood line. As a matter of fact, my grandmother’s father has Portugese links… I have a straight, pointy, “white person’s” nose

With all that said, I consider myself a black Antiguan or half Antiguan-half Dominican. Not every black person is African American.

Post # 37
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Busy bee

Yep, I agree. I’m Afro-Caribbean, but I can’t think of another name to identify us all either. 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee

This is exactly why I refer to myself as BLACK lol! I’m a descendant of slavery, so therefore I have no attachment or knowledge of “African traditions” so I have never felt comfortable referring to myself as African American. 

Post # 39
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Why must it always decend into this? If you don’t feel like associating with anything African by all means don’t. I imagine African diaspora decent would be most accurate however I sincerely resent that every time theses a safe space created for those of us who find it beneficial, detractors start this type of thread. 

I am happy we have this thread, my hair and skin tell me clearly who I am, nationality is a detail.

 

im bi lingual , American Bahamian Brazilian by nationality

96% subsahan African Senegalese 

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Post # 40
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Helper bee

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Future Mrs K:  I didn’t realize anyone felt the same as me on this. When people ask me my ethnicity I say American, or Black American. I was born & raised in Southern California & both my parents were born in the U.S. also. I don’t consider myself African American because my great grandfather immigrated to South Carolina from the West Indies. So to me, that makes me a Black American of West Indian Descent. That doesn’t mean that my ancestors were not from Africa somewhere down the line, but my most immediate & dominant ancestry is West Indian.

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Is describing people as “black” frowned upon in the US? In the UK it’s used both casually and more officially (on forms etc). 

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